Behind the thought of cutting or trading Cooper resides the notion of replacing him with another upper-echelon wideout. At the moment, however, Cleveland doesn’t have one of those.
As such, the Browns may decide the better plan is to extend Cooper. Doing so will allow the team to convert a considerable amount of the wide receiver’s money into bonus form and push some of the larger cap hits years down the line.
Could they extend Cooper so they can keep him and reduce his cap number? Yes. He was 12th in receiving last season with 1,160 yards, and he has 478 in seven games. He has been an excellent performer for them this season — and there’s no reason other than money and age to even think about it,” Graziano wrote. “But when you’re paying your quarterback $46 million per season fully guaranteed and can barely get him on the field, you end up having to confront some tough choices elsewhere on your roster. The Browns project to be tight to the cap in 2024, and there’s no moving on from Deshaun Watson.”